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Today’s news: Smartass ants, murderous shrimp, and STD-free mallards

April 13, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. My ant is smarter than you honors student. When it comes to math problems, ants are regular ol’ Einsteins. Scientists have discovered that highly social breeds of ants may be able to count and add and subtract. (Discovery News)

2. Beware the murderous shrimp. A teeny-tiny crustacean has been committing mass murder in the British Isle — for the fun of it. This 1.2 inch invader has an unusually large and strong mouth that allows it to kill and maim at will. (LiveScience)

Girl, you know I'm clean. Look how bright my beak is!

Girl, you know I'm clean. Look how bright my beak is!

3. Bright duck bill means killer sperm. If you see a mallard with a super bright beak, that means his sperm is awesome at destroying STD-causing bacteria. Who even knew ducks could get STDs?! (LiveScience)

4. Penguins in Antarctica are starving. With temperatures 10 degrees warmer now than in pre-industrial times,  krill, southern penguins’ main source of food, is extremely scarce. If the trend continues, it could spell disaster for this bird breed. (Discovery News)

5. Polar bear wakes up on oil drill. A PB went to sleep in one place … and woke up in basically another world — scaring away unsuspecting humans. (Can you believe we found a video on the Weather Channel?! So random!) (Weather Channel)

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